Fox's Napolitano says after Sondland testimony that Democrats have a case for impeachment

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew NapolitanoAndrew Peter NapolitanoFox's Napolitano says obstruction 'easiest' impeachment offense for Democrats Fox's Napolitano: Trump loses the 'unfair' argument by not participating in hearings Fox's Napolitano says Trump articles of impeachment could include bribery, obstruction MORE said Thursday on “Fox & Friends” that Democrats have a case for impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE after U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandThe Memo: Will impeachment hurt Democrats or Trump? Trump vs. 130 years of civil service What Congress can't get, the people can: Trump documents are damning and there are more to come MORE’s congressional testimony.

“One would expect the president, in September, after the whistleblower's allegations came out, after the president was accused of a quid pro quo, to say ‘no quid pro quo.’ Here we go with the Latin again,” Napolitano said. “But it is clear from what Ambassador Sondland testified yesterday that there was an understanding that the president wanted some things from the Ukrainians.”

Sondland, a Republican mega-donor and Trump’s hand-picked ambassador, delivered explosive testimony to the House Intelligence Committee that linked the president to a politically motivated pressure campaign in Ukraine.


Sondland said that Trump dictated Ukraine policy through his personal lawyer, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiPoll: 46 percent of voters say Trump's Ukraine dealings constitute impeachable offense GOP member urges Graham to subpoena Schiff, Biden phone records Giuliani meets with fired Ukrainian prosecutor who pushed Biden, 2016 claims: report MORE, and that Giuliani was demanding a quid pro quo: No White House visit for Ukraine’s new president until Kyiv agreed to publicly announce investigations into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Trump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans MORE and his son, Hunter Biden.

The ambassador also testified that he sent an email to then-Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryMellman: The 'lane theory' is the wrong lane to be in Overnight Energy: Critics call EPA air guidance 'an industry dream' | New Energy secretary says Trump wants to boost coal | EPA looks to speed approval of disputed industry pollution permits Don't count out Michael Bloomberg — his unconventional strategy might work MORE, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoUS, Sudan to exchange ambassadors for first time in decades Iran expert: Trump's foreign policy approach aimed at instigating 'unrest' Fox's Napolitano says obstruction 'easiest' impeachment offense for Democrats MORE, acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyFox's Napolitano says obstruction 'easiest' impeachment offense for Democrats The key impeachment hearings are before an appeals court, not the House Judiciary panel Schiff says investigators seeking to identify who Giuliani spoke to on unlisted '-1' number MORE and other Trump officials informing them that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was prepared to announce a probe.

“Rick Perry knew it. Mick Mulvaney knew it," Napolitano said on the Fox News morning show. "Now, when allegations like that are made, and the committee subpoenas those people, and they don't show, for whatever reason, the committee can infer that their testimony would be consistent with the ambassador’s."

Napolitano also defended Sondland, a billionaire hotel magnate, against the president’s attacks.

“So the ambassador is not a never Trumper. He is not a Democrat,” Napolitano said. “He's not somebody wanting to disrupt. This is the guy who's given a million dollars to the Republican Party and is the most important Trump-nominated ambassador in Europe. And he's saying this is what happened.”